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KWOLAR - eoteei're


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KWOLAR - eoteei're album (2010)

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Reviewer: deb2006 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2011
Subject: Watching witches thru a milk glass pane
There is lots of royalty free music on the internet, but it rarely happens that a specific artist immediately appeals to me. Just that happened with "Kwolar". "Kwolar"? I first came across that strange named artist/group through last.fm's "similar artist" function. While I was listening to a band called "Synthesis Machine" I noticed a link to an artist/a group called "Kwolar". And so the journey began.

What is the music of Kwolar like? When stumbling upon it I first noticed the term "witch house". To be quite frank, I have no idea what "witch house" is supposed to be, but I tried a few bands which claim to play "witch house" music - they seemed of a different breed to me than Kwolar. Another characterisation was "ambient", and, yes, that's much better, and I can see - and hear - why someone thought it appropriate to coin the music in that way. I'd like to throw another characterization in the ring, and that would be "athmospheric industrial drones" - it reminds me of the work of Thomas Köner, a sound artist from Germany, and one of the later albums of Tod Dockstader, "Arial". Robert Rich's "Trances/Drones" also comes to mind as well as Lull's "Cold Summer".

"Eoteei're" consists of five pieces: "mv}{eox" (pronounce THAT!), "gs ae e't", "etheo gn", "l'laea" and "eoteei're". I have no idea whether this is in part Irish or whether it's a found language in the sense of Autechre's. Anyway, that's not really vitally important - it's the music that sucks you in from the very beginning. "Eoteei're" starts with "mv}{eox", which makes you feel as if you are falling and dreaming at the same time. As if nothing stops you from falling, but at the same time it seems highly enjoyable. Soundscapes and ghostly drones accompany that journey from which you actually don't want to return. "gs ae e't" follows, and it starts in a similar way tho here you're in a cave, there are various types of weird echos, and the path certainly has not been downtrodden. The bubbling echos and drones suck you in deeper and deeper into a dream-like world. It is dark, but it is not dangerous, and there is no fear involved (despite the "witch"). "etheo gn" is a very slow and darkish drone piece, that creeps in on you in an almost secret way. You fly away under the nightly milky way, and the stars point you in the right direction. All this happens in a trance-like state which is underpinned by that endless slow-motion you feel. I must say that this really is my favorite piece - it has everything and more a substantial drone piece ought to have. "l'laea" is a shorter piece - its structures seem to form in the very first minutes, and the softish industrial background noise - flickering, but enrolled in an ambient sound - whirls around you, and it seems to distract you from a clear focus. In a way "l'laea" can be seen as the opposite of "etheo gn" - while "etheo gn" is a clearly focused drone piece, "l'laea" leads you away - further into the woods. And yes, there a number of witches are in fact audible - mind you, so far in the background one can hardly distinguish between them and the industrial fallout. The last piece, "eoteei're", reminds me a great deal of the pieces I know by Lull: concentrated atmospheric drones and a very sublime rhythm. At times it also reminds me of a unique blend of Lull's pieces with the best drones by Kyle Bobby Dunn. Unbelievable good stuff.

Parts of "Eoteei're" can be found on last.fm, where some tracks are downloadable for some time. The complete "Eoteei're" is available thru the one and only and very brave archive.org, which hosts a number of other royalty free music, too. So in case you have not listened to Kwolar, I advise you to do just that. Listen to it, drown in their drones, and watch the witches thru a milk glass pane.
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